Bindrunes Workshop Worksheets

March 4, 2019 | Filed Under Bindrunes, Classes, Workshops, Conferences | No Comments

Thank you to everyone who attended my Bindrunes workshop at PantheaCon! You can find the Rune Meanings Quick Reference Worksheet here, and the Bindrune creation worksheet here.

I’d love to see the bindrunes you create—feel free to email me with your work! It’s always wonderful to see how creative people are with them.

 

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Not Every Hour Is Billable—Nor Does It Have To Be

February 25, 2019 | Filed Under Things I Think About | No Comments

Is it art? No. Was it fun? Yes.

I was having lunch with a friend recently, and she confessed that she was worried because she didn’t have a side hustle generating piles of money for her. She has a Good Job (steady work, a living-plus wage that is fair for the job, and decent benefits), but she felt she should be making more money by working more—specifically, by turning her crafts into an Etsy store, and also running a white label service for other people to sell her crafts. She does amazing things with paper, and, in fact, I had just exclaimed over her latest project, thoughtlessly commenting on how great it would do on Etsy. (Note to self: stop that.)

We talked it through, and she concluded that no, she doesn’t need a side hustle, despite what all the side hustle gurus (Chris Guillebeau, in particular, was the one that had given her serious doubts about relying on her day job alone) assure us that we all need, and must do, no matter what.

The side hustle sages tell us we shouldn’t rely on just one income stream, that having multiple sources of revenue is the only way to achieve financial security in the Gig Economy. But isn’t running a bunch of side hustles instead of / in addition to having a Regular Job just perpetuating the Gig Economy? If you’re spending every minute you’re not at your day job working your side hustle, when do you have fun? When do you do things that bring you pleasure? When do you sleep?

She doesn’t need the money; sure, who doesn’t appreciate extra cash in their bank account? But it would not enable her to quit her day job (unless it became her day job), and it would take a great deal of her free time, which she really needs to decompress from her day job. Instead of being a source of relaxation and creative pleasure, it would become one more area of pressure—to produce, to be perfect, to devote more time and energy, even when she didn’t have much of either. One more obligation, on top of the obligations she already deals with every day.

When I was in college, some friends had a band for a while. They eventually split, unable to agree on why they were playing—two of them wanted fame and fortune, and the third one wanted to play local gigs and have a good time. When I asked him about it, he explained, “Music is my joy. If it becomes my work, what am I going to do for fun? Work in an insurance office?”

I paint. I’m terrible at it—I can’t draw well, so the paintings are a mess, but, to borrow from Winston Churchill, “painting keeps the Black Dog away”. Painting is something that has absolutely no connection to my day job, and isn’t part of my public persona, so there are no expectations. I can paint (badly) all I wish, and the result is a few hours spent peacefully, and my improved mood. No amount of money generated by a side hustle can buy that for me.

I make clay objects for my altars (some of them featured here and here on my blog!). Making them is fun, and is also a form of devotion. Are the objects perfect? No. Could I sell them on Etsy? No. But they don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be good enough for me to feel good about putting them on my altars.

I took a tapestry weaving class, and then took several months to weave a tapestry for runecasting. It’s far from perfect, but it’s complete, it’s usable, and I greatly enjoyed making it. Would someone pay me to make one for them? Not even. But the reward of learning to weave, and spending those hours engaged in a pleasant and relaxing activity, is far greater than the cash such a project would produce.

Allow yourself to have free time. Allow yourself to do things because you enjoy them, even if you don’t think you’re very good at them. (If you ever need to feel better about your skill level at something, come over for a visit—I’ll show you my terrible paintings; no one will ever suggest I open a a gallery.) Allow yourself to make mistakes with those things, to learn and improve—or not—as you play. Do things for fun, for pleasure, for personal gratification—regardless of whether you are good at them, or whether you can make money doing them.

If you do want to monetize your hobby, or have a fleet of side gigs—gig on! Make all the money! I wish you all the best.

As for me, I’ll be over here, painting unsellable art and making imperfect candle holders for my altars.

Not every hour is billable, and personal benefit is as important as financial profit.

Recommended reading:
Molly Conway, “The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles
Jia Talentino, “The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Another masterpiece, certain to fetch a staggering sum, posthumously.

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Today! “Bindrunes for Magical and Practical Purposes” at PantheaCon 2019

February 16, 2019 | Filed Under Bindrunes, Classes, Workshops, Conferences | 2 Comments

Good morning, PantheaCon! Happy Saturday!

Today at 1:00 PM in the Boardroom (2nd floor), I’ll be presenting “Bindrunes for Magical and Practical Purposes.

While you can combine runes to create words (who doesn’t like spelling their name in other alphabets?), runes can also be combined to join their energies for magical purposes. Bindrunes can be used to create talismans to empower the wearer with good health, cleverness, strength, and other qualities. Runes can also be combined to create a symbol of personal power, or as a way of marking your possessions so others know the owner of that cup, dagger, or other very cool object. We will create our own talismans.

Basic drawing supplies provided, but you are welcome/encouraged to bring your own. Translation: if you have drawing supplies (pencils, pens, markers), please bring them—if nothing else, you will know you have the colors you want!

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“Tarot and Joy” Workshop Handouts

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I had a wonderful group for my “Tarot and Joy” workshop tonight in the PantheaCon Divination Suite! Thank you to John and Fred for inviting me to speak!

I’m sharing the workshop handouts for those who were not able to attend!

The worksheet with the reading spreads is here: http://bit.ly/2Ig1JAL

The sheet of quotes is here: http://bit.ly/2GMjmpk

I hope you enjoy working with these!

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PantheaCon 2019 – Where to Find Me!

February 14, 2019 | Filed Under Classes, Workshops, Conferences | No Comments

I’ll be at PantheaCon 2019 all weekend! In fact, we came down this afternoon and are settled into the hotel.

Friday, I will be at The Divination Hospitality Suite hosted by John Hyatt and Fred West (Room 947), presenting “Tarot and Joy”. We usually turn to Tarot for answers when we’re stressed, depressed, or facing some kind of crisis on our lives. Let’s step back and look at our relationship with Tarot, and bring some joy to the conversation. We’ll discuss how we create joy in our lives, ways to spread that joy, and ways to work with the Tarot to tap into our innate joy. Just like any good friend who always listens when you’re blue, Tarot deserves to share the good times, too!

Saturday at 1:30 PM, I will be doing a workshop on “Bind Runes for Magical and Practical Purposes” in the Boardroom on the second floor. While you can combine runes to create words (who doesn’t like spelling their name in other alphabets?), runes can also be combined to join their energies for magical purposes. Bindrunes can be used to create talismans to empower the wearer with good health, cleverness, strength, and other qualities. Runes can also be combined to create a symbol of personal power, or as a way of marking your possessions so others know the owner of that cup, dagger, or other very cool object. We will create our own talismans. Basic drawing supplies provided, but you are welcome/encouraged to bring your own. (No, really, bring your own art supplies if you can!)

There are a number of workshops I plan to attend (who can resist Rachel Pollack, Mary Greer, or Kristoffer Hughes?). I will also be spending time in The Divination Hospitality Suite (Room 947) and the Sanctuary of the Braided Path (Room 960). Both of the suites will be offering various workshops, and the Sanctuary will also be conducting rituals. Check your PantheaCon program for details and times!

I have ribbons

 

and stickers

 

which can be yours for the (nicely) asking!

See you at PantheaCon!

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